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and congress to make a deal and avoid those automatic tax hikes and spending cuts. obama met with top leaders from the both sides of the aisle in a rare meeting that lasted over an hour. afterward, he spoke about the importance of the deal for the u.s.'s still recovering economy. >> economists, business leaders, all think we're poised to grow in 2013. as long as politics in washington don't get in the way of america's progress. so we've got to get this done. >> senate minority leader mitch mcconnell also spoke after their meeting expressing home that the weekend would bring a deal. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. and we'll be working hard to try to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. i'm hopeful and optimistic. >> we're watching that story closely. >>> protesters demanding justice for the young woman who has died now after she was brutally beaten and gang raped on a bus
there right now. president obama says he's modestly optimistic about the prospects for a deal after meeting with top political leaders. and now it's up to the senate to come up with and agree upon a plan. senate majority leader harry reid and mitch mcconnell say they are hoping to have a plan ready for a vote when both houses reconvene on sunday. >>> in michigan, republican governor rick snyder signed a new abortion law for his state. the controversial measure requires any clinic that performs more than 120 abortions a year to become a quote licensed free standing surgical outpatient facility. it also takes steps to ensure pregnant women are not being coerced into a decision and includes rules that a physician must follow to, quote, properly and respectfully dispose of fetal remains. supporters say the bill protects the patients. critics argue it will force clinics to shut down and restrict access for women. >>> a tail of two cities as chicago's homicide rate increases topping 500 murders in the year, by the way. new york city's on pace for the lowest murder rate since 1963. that is when th
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